May 29, 2015

Feature articles

Chancellor addresses staff at community meeting; stresses importance of embracing change

The Employee Forum's annual community meeting took place this year on May 6, 2015 in the Pleasants Room at Wilson Library. Chancellor Carol Folt began the meeting by recognizing the innovative spirit of Carolina's staff and stressing the importance of service to the university and the community. Her primary message to staff was to prepare for changes in the year …

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Board of Trustees renames Saunders; places 16-year ban on renaming historic buildings

On May 28, 2015, the UNC Board of Trustees voted 10-3 to rename Saunders Hall "Carolina Hall." The BOT also placed a 16-year ban on renaming historic buildings.  For more coverage of the decision, check out WNCN's coverage of the meeting and events leading up to the decision.

Photograph taken by Matthew Koester, courtesy of UNC News. 

Carolina Blood Drive looking for volunteers, donors

UNC-Chapel Hill will host its annual Carolina Blood Drive 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on June 2 at the Dean E. Smith Center with a goal of collecting 900 pints of blood. Campus and community members are invited to attend. 

To thank donors for their participation, various prizes, such as tickets to athletic events, autographed memorabilia and gift certificates, will be given away throughout the day. Those who donate blood will receive a Carolina Blood Drive T-shirt courtesy of the American Red Cross. Eligible double red cell donors also will receive an American Red Cross travel mug. After giving, donors may choose from refreshments provided by local businesses.

The annual Carolina Blood Drive needs many volunteers to assist the Red Cross professional staff. If you can volunteer, please fill out this form. The most critical need is for people who can work the early or late shift. We also appreciate folks who can work more than one shift. Volunteering doesn’t prevent one from also donating blood.

For details and to register to donate blood, or volunteer at the drive, visit unc.edu/blood or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. To find out whether you are eligible to donate, visit blooddrive.web.unc.edu/donor.

Carolina Blood Drive volunteer shares her experience

I have been donating blood since I was 18 years old, but I am not always able to donate blood during the annual Carolina Blood Drive. For anyone who is unable to donate, but who still wants to contribute to the blood drive, volunteering is an excellent option. There are many tasks handled by volunteers, including …

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Forum welcomes new delegates at May meeting

The Employee Forum congratulates new and returning delegates for the 2015-16 year. If you are interested in finding out who your Forum representatives are, please visit our website. The Forum still has vacancies in some electoral divisions, so if you are not currently a delegate and wish to be appointed to a one-year term, please contact your Forum representatives.



Faculty, staff representatives launch UNC presidential search website

In an effort to collect feedback from UNC faculty and staff on the presidential search process to replace outgoing UNC President Thomas Ross, faculty and staff members of the Leadership Statement Committee have created a website. Faculty and staff are encouraged to provide feedback to their faculty or staff representatives. Susan Colby, chair of the UNC-system staff assembly, represents UNC employees. Faculty representatives include David Green (NCCU), Spoma Jovanovic (UNCG) and Stephen Leonard (UNCCH). For more contact information, visit the site.

Carolina Family Scholarship applications open through June 1

The Carolina Family Scholarship fund was established in 2004 to provide need-based scholarships to the children of employees attending any of the 16 UNC campuses or community colleges in North Carolina. Some employees on our campus are hard-pressed to meet the challenge of helping their children enroll in our community colleges or state universities.This fund creates a sense of community among UNC-Chapel Hill faculty and staff by working toward a common goal–furthering the education of employee children.

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Community garden adds Tuesday workdays to draw more staff

The Carolina Campus Community Garden has added Tuesday workdays to their weekly schedule. Volunteers can now volunteer up to three days a week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays. Check the garden's website for schedule updates. Photograph courtesy of Claire Lorch.

University offers Tricare Supplement Plan for eligible military personnel

TRICARE is the health benefit program for the military community. The TRICARE Supplement Plan is a voluntary supplemental health benefit program that pays secondary benefits after TRICARE pays. Between TRICARE Standard/Extra and the TRICARE Supplement Plan, you will receive virtually 100 percent reimbursement for covered services. Email benefits@unc.edu no later than May 31, 2015, if you are interested in enrolling for coverage under TRICARE. If you have questions, please contact the Benefits unit in the Office of Human Resources at benefits@unc.edu or 919-962-3071.

Community garden survey closes June 5

The Carolina Campus Community Garden (CCCG) aims to grow vegetables and fruit so that all employees have access to fresh, sustainably grown produce through the shared efforts of staff, students, faculty and local residents; and to serve as a learning community for developing gardening skills, healthy living, social responsibility, and interdisciplinary academic pursuits.This survey will take you to a 5-7 minute survey designed to help the CCCG broaden its reach and better serve the community.

By completing the survey, you will be eligible to win a $100 gift card for dinner  at the Irregardless Café (http://www.irregardless.com/) or a quart jar of delicious  honey from CCCG's own beehive. Your responses will be recorded anonymously. Please email clorch@email.unc.edu with any follow-up questions or suggestions. 

UNC Sustainability Office seeks working group participants

Whether you’re on or off campus this summer, you can join one of six working groups that will help to identify UNC’s sustainability goals and priorities. Join the “Health, Wellness, and Nutrition” group to discuss how transportation can improve our health as individuals and as a community. Sign up for the June 4th virtual kick-off meeting by contacting Cindy Shea at the UNC Sustainability Office

Staff tickets for 2015-16 Carolina Performing Arts on sale June 3

Carolina faculty, staff and students can begin purchasing tickets for the new season on Wednesday, June 3, 2015. To check out the lineup, visit the Carolina Performing Arts website.

SafeZone training offered through June

The Safe Zone Ally program is a symbol of this University’s efforts to increase awareness and acceptance of the diverse gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer community. The Safe Zone training is a four-hour program open to all UNC-CH community members.  The final training for spring will take place on Friday, June 12, from 12-4 p.m.                                              

If you would like to participate in Safe Zone training, please email Adrianne at adrigibi@email.unc.edu or via our website, lgbtq.unc.edu (on the Safe Zone page, under the “Programs and Services” tab)

UNC Campus Rec offers summer swim lessons

Lessons are being offered for parent/child pairings and for preschool, youth, and adult levels. Lessons will take place Monday-Thursday and Saturday each week. Private swim lessons and American Red Cross Lifeguarding courses are also available. Prices vary based on the swim level and lesson duration, and Campus Recreation members receive discounted pricing. Participants who are not recreation members will receive day passes to utilize the pools outside of swim lessons on days they have scheduled lessons.

For more information on swim levels, schedules, and registration, please visit http://campusrec.unc.edu/classes-and-programs.

University announces new arts space named Core@Carolina

(Press release) The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill leaps forward in its groundbreaking work fusing the arts, academics and community, as Carolina Performing Arts announces today the creation of The Core@Carolina Square. This new innovation lab, studio and theater, to be located downtown at the Carolina Square development, will become the physical and intellectual home for world-class artists-in-residence to collaborate with scientists, researchers, students and the community. Read more.

Friday Center offers new Paralegal Certificate Program

The Friday Center for Continuing Education has launched a Paralegal Certificate Program and will host an information session on Wednesday, July 15, from 6-7:30 p.m. Click here for more details. 

UNC Transportation and Parking seeks Transportation Marketing Coordinator (temp)

UNC Transportation & Parking is currently seeking a Transportation Marketing Coordinator to help promote alternatives to driving alone.  Please forward this posting to anyone you think would be a good fit: http://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/75816.

UNC Creative seeks Graphic Designer (temp)

UNC Creative is seeking a temporary graphic designer to join our team on a one-year contract. There will be a possibility for the selected candidate to continue on with us after the contract ends. Applications can be submitted at https://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/76596.


From around the state


Latest news from SEANC

Headlines from the State Employees Association of North Carolina:

• House approves budget with raises, COLAs, extra leave

For more news or to join SEANC, visit seanc.org.

Latest news from the North Carolina Consumers Council

• Hitting the Road This Summer? Make Sure Your Vehicle Is Ready!

• Home Sweet Home Improvement: Finding a Reliable Contractor


Upcoming Events

Book club: Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh

UNC staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on June 25, 2015 from 12pm-1pm at Bulls Head Book Shop. We will discuss the book Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh. The book can be purchased at a special discount online here or in the store at Bulls Head Book Shop. Lunch will be provided with registration. Please …

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Book club: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

UNC staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on July 30, 2015 from 12pm-1pm at Bulls Head Book Shop. We will discuss the book Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. The book can be purchased at a special discount online or in the store at Bulls Head Book Shop. Lunch will be provided with registration. Please email employeeforum@unc.edu …

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Forum honors 2015 Peer Recognition Award Winners

The Employee Forum hosted the Peer Recognition Awards on Friday, May 15, 2015, in the Pleasants Family Assembly Room of Wilson Library. Twenty members of staff from across the University won nine awards, with multiple winners in several categories. Winners received a certificate, an Employee Forum mug, and a small cash prize. Shane Hale, …

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Governor's Awards for Excellence call for nominations

Nominations are now open for the Governor's Awards for Excellence. Governor's Awards for Excellence is the highest honor a State employee may receive. Recipients are honored during Excellence in State Government Week.  

The Governor's Awards for Excellence Program is designed to acknowledge and express appreciation for outstanding accomplishments that do not fall entirely within the scope of normal duties, but are in the nature of a major contribution reflecting credit on the person and State service.  The meritorious service or accomplishment is so singularly outstanding that special recognition is justified. Categories include customer service, efficiency and innovation, human relations, outstanding state government service, public service, heroism and the spirit of North Carolina. 

If you are interested in nominating a colleague, please fill out the form and nomination letter at http://www.excellenceawards.nc.gov/Nominate.aspx and return to Kim Andrews (kim_andrews@unc.edu) in the Office of Human Resources by June 8, 2015.

2016 Teaching Awards call for nominations

The University Committee on Teaching Awards invites all members of the Carolina community to nominate deserving teachers. Nominations with specific examples and stories that display the nominee's care for students, mentorship, and/or effective use of classroom methods resonate with the selection committee. Nominations are accepted year round, but there are deadlines to observe. October 1 is the deadline for nominations for the awards to be announced in spring 2016. Please submit all nominations online at http://provost.unc.edu/teaching-awards.


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Do you like the new newsletter? Is there something we can improve? What content would you like to see in future issues? Send your suggestions and feedback to Katie Turner, Employee Forum public relations and communications chair at katie_turner@unc.edu.